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Bush and Beyond

New Zealand's Kahurangi National Park, Guided Walk Specialists

Conservation and Sustainable Tourism

Tourism working with conservation -

Conservation and interpretation of the Heaphy Track's biodiversity
Conservation and interpretation of the Heaphy Track's biodiversity

Bush & Beyond at the forefront

Tourism is now a major foreign revenue earner for New Zealand. It is one of the fastest growing industries world-wide. The projected forecast for New Zealand is huge. This may be good for the economy, but has a down side as well. New Zealand has an extremely fragile natural environment.

A great deal of the emphasis placed on attracting tourists to New Zealand is on adventure activities such as rafting, bungee jumping and skiing. However, none of these things are unique to New Zealand - what is unique is our endemic flora and fauna, and sadly these are not in good shape. This uniqueness has been expressed perfectly by eminent American biologist Jared Diamond, "New Zealand is the closest we can come to studying evolution on another planet".

Bush & Beyond helps clients to appreciate these issues by gaining a deeper knowledge of the unique natural features of New Zealand. For this, we have been recognized internationally for leadership in responsible tourism.

The Threat

Blue Ducks are an ancient species threatened with extinction by predation from introduced stoats. Now they are carefully monitored by DOC, with help from volunteer groups like Friends of Flora.
Blue Ducks are an ancient species threatened with extinction by predation from introduced stoats. Now they are carefully monitored by DOC, with help from volunteer groups like Friends of Flora.

A unique environment under threat

New Zealand was the last major landmass on earth to feel the brunt of human occupation. Humans first arrived in any numbers only 700 to 800 years ago (in contrast Australia had its first immigrants approx. 40 - 50,000 years ago). After 80 million years of isolation, New Zealand had evolved into one of the most remarkable and fragile environments on earth, a land of amazing birds and a unique endemic flora.

The Blue Duck, or whio, was once common in streams around Kahurangi National Park. However, in recent years this ancient species has been attacked nearly to extinction by introduced predators such as the stoat and rat. With aggressive volunteer-supported efforts to trap these predators, we hope is the ducks will have enough protection to breed in safety.

The destruction caused by man and introduced predators has affected the flora and fauna of the Kahurangi. At the turn of the 21st century, many New Zealanders are still unaware of the true state of our natural environment, and the effort being made to save what's left, falls short of what is necessary.

Friends of Flora

Conservation group saving the biodiversity of Kahurangi

Founded in January 2001, Friends of Flora (FoF) is a community group that believes our native fauna must be preserved for future generations, and it is our responsibility to make it happen here, now.

Firends of Flora was established by the original owners of Bush and Beyond and their strong belief in the protection of the biodiversity and habitat or New Zealand's native species continues.

Introduced predators such as stoats and rats are destroying our native fauna. Without human intervention, our native bird population will continue to decline, and more will be become extinct.

Read more about Friends of Flora here.

Upcoming Guided Walks

Heaphy Track Guided Walks 15th-20th October
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 22nd-27th October
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 29th October - 3rd November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 5th-10th November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 12th-17th November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 19th-24th November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 26th November - 1st December
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 3rd-8th December
Cobb Comfort 4th-8th December
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 10th-15th December
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 28th December - 2nd January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 29th December - 3rd January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 7th-12th January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 14th-19th January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 21st-26th January
Kahurangi Lighthouse Tour 22nd-26th January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 28th January - 2nd February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 4th-9th February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 11th-16th February
Old Ghost Road 11th-16th February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 18th-23rd February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 25th February - 2nd March
Golden Bay Escape 25th-28th February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 4th-9th March
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 11th-16th March
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 18th-23rd March
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 25th-30th March
Old Ghost Road 25th-30th March
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 1st-6th April
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 8th-13th April

The Annual New Zealand Ecotourism Conference in August 2009

Maryann and Bill, founders of Bush and Beyond were asked to present at at the 2009 Ecotourism Conference. To read or download their talk, "Healthy ecosystems equals healthy business", read the pdf below.


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